Local Commentaries

Moving Ahead On Water Service

Efforts are underway in applying to New York State for funds to complete a feasibility study on extending water service up the west side of Chautauqua Lake. There have been requests over the years from homeowners in the area who have had water well problems, and who would benefit from being ...

In Memory Of Dan Walsh

Recently there was an article announcing the final burial arrangements for former Assemblyman Dan Walsh of Cattaraugus County. “Old timers” will remember Dan’s first campaign for the Assembly in 1972 when he walked across the 149th Assembly District asking for votes. He was ...

Well-Funded Reserves Are Necessary In Town Of Busti

As the town of Busti supervisor for the past eight years I would like to respond to the editorial submitted by Councilman Rudy Mueller on July 28 entitled “Busti Town Board Needs To Approve Fund Balance Policy” At the time of his article we had already planned on discussing and ...

Beware The Dangers Of Socialism

“Never in the history of the world did it dawn upon the human mind as it dawned upon your ancestors, what it would mean for men to be free.,” said Anna Howard Shaw in her speech, “The Fundamental Principle of a Republic,” in Albany, New York, June 21, 1915. “They got the vision of a ...

More Shootings. More Helpless, Hopeless Feelings

Horrific, sickening, tragic. Those were the words I used to describe the news from Las Vegas two years ago — the scene of the worst mass shooting in American history. Since then, those words have come to my mind again and again: Parkland. Pittsburgh. And now Dayton and El Paso. But none ...

Words Make A Difference

Words, especially those used by national leaders, make a difference. The words that President Trump used in three “tweets” on, Sunday, July 14,th were especially divisive. This is what he said: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came ...

Climate Efforts Dealt A Blow

A panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) recently decided a dispute between the United States and India over the competitiveness related to renewable energy in both countries in favor of New Delhi. The ruling is a blow to eight U.S. states that have doled out a plethora of financial ...

The Case For Optimism

News, commentary and academia are all-negative all-the-time. The latest Gallup poll shows only 36 percent of Americans are “satisfied with the way things are going,” versus 71 percent 20 years ago. Yet in the main, the United States has never been better off. Across the globe there is ...

Doctrine Of Stare Decisis Should Not Apply

The following letter was sent to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. ı ı ı Separate statements made by you in your concurrence to Gamble v. United States are very encouraging to us-as they are to many Americans. It is our opinion that the doctrine of stare decisis should not ...

What Did The Clerk Think?

I wonder what the clerk of the court thought who came across the case of trespassing chickens and a Nazi flag in Hanover. This battle of wits has gone on for some time now. By all accounts the flags have been up for at least a year. Todd Schilling was quoted in WGRZ wondering “Has she (the ...

The Loss Of A Local Icon, Community Member

It was with profound sadness I read of the recent passing of Sadie Oag, (The Post-Journal, July 8.) Her quick sweet smile, bright eyes and excellent insights will be long remembered and sorely missed. Sadie and her husband Hugh were icons within Chautauqua County’s dairy farm community. ...

Our Local Roots

An old friend, now deceased, used to say somewhat in jest: “Every morning I read the obits in The Post-Journal. If my name isn’t there, I go to Moonbrook and play golf!” I must admit that I also read the obits every day in the same newspaper. It is more than seeing who has died. ...

What The Warner Dam Can, Can’t Do

In the late 1970s, I was a freshman legislator in Albany looking for a good project for my district. A friend and county planner at the time, John Luensman, suggested rebuilding Warner Dam, a water-control structure in the outlet of Chautauqua Lake. It was in bad shape and only one or ...

Sewer Work On Lake’s West Side Is Progressing On Schedule

We are writing in response to the Oped (“Sewer Project Hits A Snag”) by Rolland Kidder publi shed in the July 7, 2019 issue of The Post-Journal. As Chairman or the Administrative Board of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts and Chairman or lhe Board’s Technical ...

Another Side Of Border Argument

I read the article in the Sunday edition of The Post-Journal on June 30th entitled “Don’t Strip Migrants Of Their Humanity.” The writer accuses the government of holding refugees in squalid camps, intentional cruelty and neglect, stripping immigrants of their humanity, labeling them ...

New Generic Insulin Is No Cure For What Ails The Drug Market

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is about to face some fierce competition — from itself. The company recently announced plans to offer a generic version of its own insulin drug, Humalog, at half price. What gives? For drug companies, price reductions aren’t as simple as they are for, ...

Sewer Project Hits A Snag

For those who are interested in how sewer construction projects around Chautauqua Lake are faring, I have some good news and some “maybe” not good news. First, for the good news — construction is now happening to connect the old and inadequate sewage treatment plant at Chautauqua Lake ...

Exercise: Powerful And Overlooked

They refer to it as upstream. It’s where it all starts. That is, those things that influence how well we’ll be able to weather life. Social determinants of health is another, related term. But whatever the language, it all boils down to the fact that circumstances and conditions in ...

New York Has Its Own Green New Deal

After a successful closing-session scramble, lawmakers in New York’s state legislature approved an ambitious climate mobilization bill that has been called the state’s own “Green New Deal.” Officially known as the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) or SB 6599/AB ...